The Invisible Bridge

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The Invisible Bridge Book Cover The Invisible Bridge
Rick Perlstein
Simon and Schuster
August 5, 2014

Presents a portrait of the United States during the turbulent political and economic upheavals of the 1970s, covering the transition from Richard Nixon's downfall to the rise of Ronald Reagan during the 1976 presidential campaign.

The Invisible Bridge is about how the Vietnam War polarized the United States of America. This war led people to disbelieve in the traditional position of the USA on the world stage. The Watergate scandal further alienated the White House. The scandal tarnished the sanctity of the White House in the mind of the people. These events made the Americans doubt their country and its stature.  This is a portrait of America on the verge of a nervous breakdown in the tumultuous political and economic times of the 1970s.
During these despairing times, Ronald Reagan took a position that projected America glorious. A position many political experts believed to be a mistake. Reagan with his optimism and the picture of a better tomorrow rekindled a dying flame. Reagan challenged the popular to emerge victorious.
The author writes about the economic trials of the times. He cited actual newspaper interviews of American wives. He also includes examples of street protests across America against the government.
The author also gives an account of how Nixon’s government prolonged the Vietnam war. The author exposes the use of mass media to paint a rosy picture of what the army was achieving in Vietnam. He tells the stories of American families ravaged by the war. The author recounts the lack of medical aid to returning soldiers.
But The Invisible Bridge is not all about war and economic gloom. The author also narrates the life of Ronald Reagan. From his being a kid, through his college years, and his entire political career. He shows Reagan as an optimist who always saw an opportunity in every failure and in the worst of times. The author chronicles Reagan’s difficult childhood. The author wrote on how Reagan coped with his shortcomings to rise above all.
You will love to read The Invisible Bridge if you are a history lover and like to read things as they are. The author portrays opinions from different sectors of the society and media. There are those who supported Nixon and accounts and opinions of those who were against him.

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